Sunday, June 15, 2008

New Camera! At Last!

I am so stoked! I have been talking about getting a new camera for about a month now (as I have sadly watched the degenerating condition of my not-so-old one), but I've kept putting it off. I finally started researching online a few weeks ago, in order to figure out which camera would be the best for me. Today, armed with sufficient research, I marched into Hi-Mart and bought a brand new, fantastic digital camera.

Since I was so happy with my previous Sony Cybershot (until it died), I decided to stick with the same brand. My new camera has a 5x zoom, 10.1 mega pixels (for those who don't know, it means sharper images, especially when I choose to blow up an image or crop and expand part of it), and a smile shutter. The smile shutter is a really cool new feature - when set, it waits until the moment someone smiles and then snaps the picture. My camera also has several other features that I didn't have before and can't wait to try out. One of my favorite features on this one is that it tells you what every button and setting does when you push them, rather than forcing you to sift through a manual (which always seem to be written first in a foreign language and then badly translated into English).

Best of all, I paid $50 less than I would have in the US (plus I didn't have to pay to have it shipped), and, since this is Korea, I got freebies when I bought it. They gave me a really nice portable tripod, a case, and a lens cleaning kit for free! All total, I saved over $100. The salesman also changed the language on the camera from Korean to English, which I greatly appreciated.

I can hardly wait to go take some pictures!

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